A Look Back at 2016 at Writers Theatre!

Learn Your ABCs
This play was written by Elijah Gaines and Jaleel Lindsey, two at-risk students enrolled in one of our Juvenile Justice classes at the Greenfields Residential Center in Ringwood.  Their play was a winner in the Kennedy Center’s 2016 VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition in Washington D.C. and Elijah and Jaleel got to go to Washington D.C. to see their play produced at the Kennedy Center.  For more information on what happened, click here!
The Garden of my Classroom
Writers Theatre Master Teaching Artist Arthur Wilson worked with a group of seniors at Newark’s Ironbound Senior Center to write stories, poems, and chants.  Joyce, one of the students, shared one of her poems with us.
Healing Voices
Writers Theatre partnered with Atlantic Health Systems, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and Premiere Stages to gather stories from caretakers, people who’ve had to care for others in their lives, and to present those stories in a public reading.  Sharing these difficult moments helps us to empathize and understand each other and helps to lighten some of the weight and emotional baggage that often accompanies dealing with loved ones who are ill.

You Don’t Know Me
Writers Theatre Master Teaching Artist Dominique Cieri worked with students with severely disabled students at Newark’s JFK School to develop a performance piece where students showed that they were more than just the things people see when they first look at them.  “You Don’t Know Me” helps to introduce the students to the audience as people with personalities, likes, dislikes, and nuanced stories.